Katherine kids got up close and personal with all sorts of furry critters as a part of the region's National Child Protection Week activities.
The 'Barnyard Party' was held at the Save the Children Early Years Centre last week, with kids and their families coming from across the region to have a cuddle with some petting zoo animals.
"Having the petting zoo here is exciting," Regional Manager for Save the Children Katherine Bev Patterson said.
"This is the first time we've had them, and by the looks on the kids' faces, I'm not sure how the animals are doing, but the kids are having a ball."
"One of the things that a lot of families in Katherine have in common is the fact that they're somewhat isolated from their families because they come to Katherine from other places," she said.
"So, it's really important that mums and dads get an opportunity to meet other people and those relationships to grow."
The Katherine Women's Information and Legal Service also attended the event, providing an opportunity for attendees to learn about the services they offer.
"They play a very, very unique role in Katherine to support women and that really recognizes sometimes the unique challenges that women have in society in general, but in a semi regional environment even more so," Ms Patterson said.
"We're always thrilled to have them come and in a very, very gentle way have an introduction and open the door for people to know what their service is all about."
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